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​Inte​rnational recognition
USB's PhD is internationally accredited by EQUIS of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Membership of two PhD research organisations
USB is a member of both EDAMBA and the GRLI's Global Doctoral Alliance.

USB's PhD was the first PhD outside Europe audited and approved by the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA), based on the quality of this degree at USB. Our membership of EDAMBA demonstrates our commitment to improve the quality of doctoral education. As students from a member institution, USB's doctoral students are eligible for grants, awards and opportunities such as attending the annual EDAMBA Research Summer Academy.

USB doctoral students may also participate in the Doctoral Thesis Competition. Winning entries are published in the EDAMBA Journal. (In 2013, Dr George Djolov's thesis on The Herfindalhl-Hirchman Index as an Official Statistic of Business Concentration: Challenges and Solutions was rated among the top entries.)

EDAMBA promotes integration with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) which facilitates the recognition of periods of study at other EDAMBA member universities to enhance the quality and mobility of PhD students. ​

USB is also a member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative's Global Doctoral Alliance. The GRLI's GDA and its member schools are committed to the societal dimension of business, making it ideal for high-potential candidates seeking balance between their commitment to the societal dimension of business and their aspiration to a successful career in academia, government or industry. Member institutions are committed to sharing expertise and knowledge in the form of social networking and knowledge sharing.